Kheer has always been a part of the indian spread.Several variations of kheer have emerged over time. Here i present a very healthy version, especially for diabetics a dessert made with Dates and Nuts.
                                  Dates are naturally sweet and full of nutrients. Although not allowed in large quantities for diabetics, it is any day a better option compared to other sugar-laden sweets. The  Dates and Nuts  Kheer does not use any sugar. By cooking with Dates this dish is completely guilt free for people who are diet conscious and those with diabetes.This recipe is just the ticket when you’re craving something sweet.This Dessert tastes Yummm.

Ingredients:-

Dates / Khajur  - 10
Low Fat Milk - 3 cups + 1/2 cup for soaking nuts
Almonds / Badam - 1 tsp
Cashewnuts / Kaju  - 1 tsp
Cardamom Powder - 1 pinch
Saffron - 1 pinch (Optional)

Method:-

1) First remove the seeds from dates if not seedless and chop them into small pieces.


2) Then soak the dates and cashews ,almonds in 1/2 cup milk for 30 mins  until they become a little soft.


3) Grind them into a fine paste in a mixer or blender by adding a little milk but make sure not to make the paste runny.
4) In the pan, boil 3 cups of milk, when it comes to a boil and reduces into 3/4th put the flame on low and add saffron strands. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.


5) Switch  the heat off and add the Dates and nuts  paste. Add powdered cardamom powder and mix well.
6) Garnish it with chopped almonds or pistachios or walnuts.


7) Serve hot or You can also refrigerate the kheer for up to 1 hour and serve chilled.

Tips:-

You can use the nuts  which ever you want.



 

 Sama Ke Chawal  or Samvat rice is also known in english as Barnyard Millets, Kuthiravali in Tamil, Udalu in Telugu, Shyama in Bengali,  bhagar in hindi ,Khira in Oriya, Swank in Punjabi, Kavadapullu in Malayalam, Oodalu in Kannada plus other names for Samwat chawals are samo, saanwa , samak, saunfiya, samkiye, vari chawal, varai.

 As  sama rice is allowed in fasting this dosa is made from sama chawal and sabudana (sago/javarisi) .It is  vegan, gluten-free and healthy dosa fasting recipe. Its very easy to make and tasty to eat.

Ingredients:-


     1 Cup - Sama/Barnyard Millets/Kuthiravali
    1/4 Cup - Sabudana/Sago
    1/2 cup sour buttermilk or curd
    1 tsp Cumin seeds
    As Required - Oil
    To Taste - Sendha Namak/Rock Salt

Method:

1)  Wash and soak Sama rice/barnyard millets and sabudana/sago separately for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.Soak sago in large bowl as they will expand after soaking.


 2) Drain all the water and grind both sama  and sabudana together and make a smooth paste  by adding required quantity of water in it.

3) Take the batter in a large mixing bowl  and add sendha namak ,curd and cumin seeds. Mix well.

4) Keep it aside for atleat 30 minutes ,if possible keep it aside for 2 hours for fermentation.

5) )Heat a non stick tawa or pan . Smear the tawa with little bit of oil.

6) Pour a ladle full of dosa batter and spread into a thin circle.


7) Drizzle oil along the edges of dosa and let it cook on medium flame for 1-2 mins until dosa is golden brown

8)  Flip the dosa to the other side and roast for 30 secs.

9) Remove the dosa from the pan or tawa and repeat with the remaining batter.



10) Serve with  vrat wale Aloo  or  Peanut Chutney or Coconut Curd Chutney or Peanut Curd Chutney

Tips:-

1. If you are not preparing the dosa for the vrat, you can use regular salt instead of rock salt.
2. If you are not preparing the dosa for vrat you can add cooking soda  1/4 tsp of soda in batter.
3. You can also add onions and garlic if it is not prepared during festive seasons.



 If you're bored of the regular breakfast dishes, try this new healthy recipe made using jowar.
Jowar is a nutritious cereal with plenty of protein, iron and fiber.
                    Jowar Dosa is a Instant quick dosa . Add cucumber, onions, curds and green chilies to  jowar flour to create tasty dosas.. As this is a instant recipe working moms can easily make this in the morning for breakfast or even make it for their kids lunchbox or eat as snack or dinner.
Pair them with fresh green chutney or coconut chutney for a great healthy and tasty breakfast!!!

Ingredients:-

1 cup jowar (white millet) flour
4 tsps Semolina / Sooji  (optional)
1/2 cup grated cucumber
2 tbsp finely chopped onions
1 tsp finely chopped green chillies or green chillies paste
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (Jeera)
salt to taste
water as required
a pinch of turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
oil for greasing and cooking

Method

1)  First wash ,peel and grate the cucumber.

 


2) In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients jowar flour , semolina /sooji ,grated cucumber, jeera,salt, turmeric powder, chilli paste, chopped onion ,chopped coriander .


2) Add  approximately 2 1/2 cups of water and mix well to make a batter of pouring consistency like regular dosa batter. Batter should not be very thick or thin.

3)Heat a non stick tawa or pan . Smear the tawa with little bit of oil.


4) Pour a ladle full of dosa batter and spread into a thin circle.

5) Drizzle oil along the edges of dosa and let it cook on medium flame for 1-2 mins until dosa is golden brown


6)  Flip the dosa to the other side and roast for 30 secs.

7) Remove the dosa from the pan or tawa and repeat with the remaining batter.



8) Serve with Coconut chutney  or Sambar or Green chutney or tomato mint chutney  or chutney of your choice.

Notes:-

1) You can add any other veggies too to this dosas  like grated carrots or finely chopped capsicum or finely chopped tomatoes etc.
2) If using iron tawa , pour the dough when it is very hot .
3) If using non stick tawa, pour when medium hot . And for both cook in medium low flame . That way dosas will become crisp.
4) Rubbing onion to the hot tawa imparts nice flavor to the dosa as well prevents dosa from sticking to the tawa. This tip is good while making any type of dosas.
5) You can use store brought Jowar Flour also.

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It's fabulous, especially for breakfast or with brunch!  It tastes great and still packs a powerful punch of nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, Folate , Potassium, Calcium, Iron and more.

Ingredients:-
2 Carrots
1 Orange
1/2 inch ginger
1-2 tsp sugar or honey (according to taste)
1/2 cup water
Ice cubes
soda or sparkling water or water

Method :-

1) Wash, peel the carrots and chop them into small size pieces.

2) Peel and cut the orange and ginger into small pieces.

3) Put everything together in a blender or mixer along with sugar, water and some ice cubes. Blend until smooth.

4) Strain the mixture, press it with a spoon to extract the juice completely. Discard the solids.

5) Pour the mixture into glasses till 2/3 full, add soda or sparkling water or cold water to fill the remaining glass.

6) Serve chilled.

Notes :-

1) Cut down on ginger if you do not like it’s taste.

2) If the carrots and oranges are really sweet maybe you don’t need to add any sweetener.

 

 Mango Milkshake is most popular recipe in India.The mango milkshake is one such popular shake that people love to have in the summer! It is also very easy to make, so you can whip it up any time. It tastes Yummylicious.


Ingredients :-

2 Ripe Mangoes ( 2 Cups Chopped Mangoes)
2 tbsps Sugar (or to taste)
1 1/2 Cups Milk
2-3 Ice cubes (Optional)

Method:-

1) Wash ,peel and chop mangoes into small pieces.
2) Transfer them to mixer or blender.
3) Add milk ,sugar and ice cubes.
4) Blend until smooth and creamy.
5) Pour prepared shake in glasses.
6) Garnish each shake with chilled chopped mangoes or scoop of ice cream and serve.
7) Enjoy the Delicious Healthy Mango Shake!
8) The drink is perfect  to beat the summer heat and enjoy the best of mangoes.

Serving Ideas :-

 1) This mango shake is so delicious it hardly requires any add on. You can have on its own plain.
2) You can garnish it with chopped almonds or chopped Pistachio nuts.
3) Garnish the shake with whipped cream
4) Garnish the Shake with Vanilla Ice cream.

Note:-

Instead of fresh mangoes you can use canned mango pulp also. If mango pulp is sweet then skip the sugar.



Gobi manchurian is the favorite of any indo chinese food lover.This Gobi Machurian pairs very well with plain noodles ,Veg fried rice . It is very easy to make very tasty to eat.This delicious appetizer is liked by everyone and can be seen everywhere in parties,restaurants ,street stalls etc.

Course :- Main
Cuisine :- Indo Chinese

  
Ingredients:-

200 gms Gobi / Cauliflower , cleaned and quartered
Oil for deep frying

For batter:-

6 tbsps  maida / All purpose flour /Plain Flour
3 tbsps corn flour
1 tsp chilli powder (Adjust according to taste)
1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
Salt to taste

For Gravy /Manchurian Sauce:-
1/2 tbsp corn flour dissolved in 1/2 cup water
2 tbsp Soya Sauce
2 tbsp Tomato Sauce
2 tbsp Red Chilli Sauce
8 Garlic cloves ,finely chopped
2 Green chillies ,chopped or finely chopped (less spicy variety)
1 tsp ginger, Grated or finely chopped
5 Spring onions ,thinly sliced
1 Capsicum ,cubed or chopped finely
2 tsp oil
Salt to taste
1-Onion chopped
Spring onions- for garnishing
Salt to taste


Method:-

1) Clean Gobi and cut the florets to medium size.



2) Mix corn flour,maida, salt,chilli powder,ginger garlic paste & water to make a medium batter.Mix well and make sure lumps are not there.Keep it aside.



3) Dip the gobi in the batter, deep fry in oil on medium heat, till they turn golden and crisp,takes about 4-5 minutes . Drain and place them on a kitchen towel to absorb excess oil and keep aside.





4) Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan, add grated ginger,sliced garlic, sliced green chillies,chopped onion and sauté for a minute till onion turns transparent.Add salt and spring onions and capsicum and stir fry for 2-3 minutes till its skin starts to wilt.



5) Add all sauces & ajinomoto and mix well.Add 1-1/2 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and add corn flour dissolved in water slowly. Keep stirring till the sauce starts to thicken. Adjust the seasonings and bring the sauce to gentle boil.Boil till the gravy becomes transparent.Add the deep fried gobi.Boil for two more minutes and remove to serving bowl .


6) Garnish with finely chopped spring onions.

7) Serve hot with fried rice or noodles or Serve piping hot with toothpicks or miniforks and chilli sauce or tomato sauce.





Variations:

1) If you want more Gravy then add more water to the gravy.

2) You can also add red food colour to make gravy more bright and colorful like served in restaurants.





Holi is just around the corner and  is the time of celebration and relishing tasty food. This year the festival of colours would be celebrated on 2nd March 2018 and Holika Dahan on 1st March, 2018.Its best time for Get together,party and  family time .Celebrate this colorful Holi with  tasty and simple Holi special recipes .Here We compilled some easy-to-pick and eat items that you'd want to prepare during Holi.

Collection of 15 Holi Special Recipes

So Celebrate this Holi along with some delicious ,easy, lip-smacking, tried-and-tested recipes . 


Click on the Names of recipes to take you to the recipe page. 
  
1) Dahi Bhalla / Dahi Vada



Dahi vada or dahi bhalle are fondly enjoyed by many on Holi. So prepare  your favourite street snack at home and  serve dahi vada or dahi bhalla chilled as snack or starter. Slurp!!!Here's a recipe of  guilt free dahi vada with zero oil to treat your palates.Try this dahi bhalle recipe also .


2) Chaat




There's no chance you can miss on adding chaat to your table; from gol gappas to Ragada Pattis, Aloo Tikki , Bhel puri ,Samosa Chaat , Aloo Tikki Chola Chaat and sev puri .These are must for celebrating any festivals .


3) Palak / Spinach  Pakoda


 
These fired fritters made using palak ,chilies, ginger and oil is your perfect Holi food and is definitely easy to make . 

Try Out these Pakoda Recipes also Gobi Pakoda ,Mixed Vegetable Pakoda , Potato Fritters / Aloo Pakoda, Onion Pakodas ,Mirchi Pakoda
 
4) Thandai 



Holi without festive favourite thandai is not Possible.
Thandai offers instant energy and cools the body.

5)Matar Ki Kheer / Grean Peas Kheer



Matar ki Kheer is unique but delicious, rich ,creamy kheer recipe made from fresh green peas / Matar.It is healthy kheer to satisfy your sweet buds.

6) Puran Poli 



Puran Poli is a traditional sweet served on auspicious occasions in Gujarati, Maharashtra and South Indian houses

7) Kaju Khoya Besan Ladoo



Khoya Besan ladoo is a very easy sweet to make and is popular throughout India, especially at festivals and celebrations.

8) Almond Milk ( Badam Milk)



It is Delicately flavored with cardamom, and nuts .This chilled, cooling drink don't just make it tasty, but also nutritious too.

9) Poori Bhaji /Aloo Puri



Poori Bhaji is a very famous dish that can be found on almost all festive occasions.It is the popular Indian meal served with spicy potato vegetable.

10) Gujiya



 
Gujiya and Holi are synonymous to each other.This is one of the famous dishes that are the deep fried  stuffed with dairy products and dry fruits.There are many Varations in making Gujiyas.

11)Phirni



The sweet rice pudding is a common yet a very tasty dish which is cooked on the occasion of festivals or any special occasions.

12) Coconut Burfis



There are various ways you can make coconut Burfi. It can be made by adding condensed milk, jaggery ,sugar or khoya to grated coconut.Try out  this recipe this holi.

13) Palak Puri /Spinach Puri



This Puris are made with fresh Spinach leaves and whole wheat flour and served with potato masala or pickle and any Chutney.It can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner or can be made specially for guests or for any festivals.

14) Semiya Kesari



Semiya Kesari is a very easy kesari recipe made with vermicelli .It is quick  and  easy to make  and tastes delicious.Its perfect to make on festive occasions.

15)Namak paras


 
Namak Paras are such a crispy and crunchy snacks suits incredibly for any festive occasion. These delicious snacks make Holi celebrations more special.

 
Wish You all a Very Happy and Colorful Holi !!!



 


Khoya Besan ladoo is a very easy sweet to make and is popular throughout India, especially at festivals and celebrations. It tastes so yummy and delicious.Hope you will give this a try this holi and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 26-30 minutes
Yields :25
Level Of Cooking : Moderate
Type : Sweets and Desserts


Source :-This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.



Ingredients :-


   25 - Kaju / Cashew nuts coarsely chopped or crushed
   2 cups -  Khoya/mawa grated
   2 cups - Gram flour (besan)
   1 cup - Ghee (melted)
   2 cups - Powdered sugar
   1 teaspoon - Green cardamom powder
   Cashews to garnish



Method:- 

1) Grind Sugar into a fine powder and set aside.

2) Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan or kadai. Roast besan for 5 mins on low flame . Keep stirring till the flour becomes golden brown and ghee separates.

3) Add grated khoya or mawa and stir well for 3 mins till the khoya blends well with the gram flour.

4) Add cardamom powder and crushed cashewnuts mix well.

5) Switch off the stove.

6) Transfer the mixture into a bowl. Let it cool a little and then add the powdered sugar and mix well.

7) Using lightly greased hands, Shape into small rounds or ur desired shapes when still little bit warm.

8) Garnish with Cashews or Kismiss

9) Let the Ladoos cool completely and store in an airtight container.

10) These laddoos should be consumed fast since they have khoya in them and will not keep for too long.

11) Better to store them in the refrigerator.

Note : If it's difficult to make Ladoos, you can add some melted ghee, if needed.

Wish You all a Very Happy and Colorful Holi !!!



Nutella and banana is an awesome combo.This is one kind of milkshake that comes handy when the kids say that they want something yummy and chocolaty to drink. Nutella Banana milkshake is super yummy and makes you feel full. Its a keeper recipe.This milkshake would make a great dessert or snack for refreshing you ...

Preparation Time - 5 min
Serves - 1 person
Recipe -Beverages / Drinks


Ingredients

Banana - 1
Nutella - 3 tbsp
Chilled Milk - 1 cup
Ice (optional)
vanilla Essence - 1 tsp (optional)

Method:-

    Peel and Chop the banana into bite size pieces.
    Add the chopped banana, milk, nutella ,ice and vanilla to  the blende.Blend well until smooth and creamy.
    Serve chilled in tall glass.

Enjoy this Banana Nutella Milkshake as a breakfast alternative or as midday snack.  

 
Tips:-

. You could use a variety of ingredients instead of or in addition to the milk. ie. soy milk, Almond Milk, ice cream, yogurt etc.
Use milk from the refrigerator and skip adding ice cubes.

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